Images With Impact

Techniques to enhance the visual experience of a scenic photo
By Rick Sammon
One of my digital photography workshop participants, Gary Potts, strives to make images with impact. That's an admirable goal, and it's something to add to our photo hit list when we're out shooting. Like Gary, I enjoy making images with impact, but that's not always possible. What's more, not every…

Photographing Clear Objects

Lighting stuff is easy, right? You just point a light at it, and you can see it.
By William Sawalich
Lighting stuff is easy, right? You just point a light at it, and you can see it. But what if the thing you're trying to photograph is transparent—as in crystal clear? In that case, simply pointing a light at it won't work. You have to concern yourself with what can…

Balanced Illumination

Low-light flash photography can be frustrating, especially when you're new to it.
By William Sawalich
Low-light flash photography can be frustrating, especially when you're new to it. Balancing ambience nicely with flash seems like the mark of a masterful photographer, but it's actually fairly easy once you know the basics. The trick to balancing ambient light with your flash is to think of these two…

Histogram Exposure Adjustments in Lightroom

We all know what a good histogram should look like, right?
By William Sawalich
We all know what a good histogram should look like, right? A "normal" scene should not be too heavily weighted toward the left side of the histogram—the shadow side—or else we risk underexposure. Likewise, a normal scene's histogram shouldn't spike heavily toward the right, the highlight side, or the image…

Taking Wing

Inspiration can come to visit at anytime.
By Tracey Clark of Shutter Sisters
Inspiration can come to visit at anytime. There's no telling when something wonderful might fly in and land right in front of our lenses, setting our photographic souls soaring. As for this past spring, inspiration was, indeed, something that flapped, flew and quite literally landed, or perhaps a better word…

Exploring Fall Colors

Capturing the essence of autumn and the change of seasons
Text & Photography By Meredith Winn
We come inside with dewy shoes and arms full of firewood. The air shifts, the leaves fall, and the farm stands are full of crimson, browns and orange. The cooler wet weather creeps in; we light the first fire in the wood stove and walk slowly into autumn. Welcome to…
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